7:00 a.m. Registration desk opens

8:05 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Ambassador A—Opening plenary: Setting the Stage: Exploring the relationship between ‘journalism’ and ‘community’. Featuring: 

Sean Holman: Our Fallen Faith in Information

Kevin Newman: Surviving Journalism

Dawna Friesen: Wither ‘Middle Ground’? Reconnecting with the Disconnected

Tamara Baluja: Finding Community Beyond Algorithms

San Grewal: Journalism’s Foundation: Local news, investigations and community-building

Ryan McMahon: Trust over Tape

Heather Bryant: We’re in this Together—Working Collaboratively to Tell Better Stories


COFFEE BREAK 10:00-10:15 A.M.

10:15-11:15 a.m. Ambassador A—Local news matters: Winnipeg within Canada’s national consciousness: With more than 90,000 people identifying as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, Winnipeg is home to Canada’s largest urban Indigenous population. It’s also been labelled the most racist city in Canada because of how Indigenous people have been treated. This panel will discuss how the Manitoban capital is rife with unique stories, and why the rest of Canada should pay attention. Guests: Cheryl McKenzie, Lenard Monkman, Jill Macyshon, Ryan Thorpe. Moderator: Joanne Kelly  #CAJWinnipegNews

10:15-11:15 a.m. Ambassador B—The State of our Screens: In 1979, the British group The Buggles informed us that “video killed the radio star.” Now, 40 years later, what is to become of broadcast video in an increasingly on-demand world? New modes of storytelling and social habits (read: binge-watching) have paved the way for longer visual narratives and deeper investigations. From classic television newscasts, to social video, and documentary filmmaking, how is today’s digital age transforming how audiences interact with video? Guests: Victoria Ptashnick, Kevin Newman, Dawna Friesen, Vanessa Loewen. Moderated by: Paul Barnsley  #CAJVideo

10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Ambassador C— Mastering the Investigative Interview (Double Session): We've all done it - blown a key interview or missed a vital question. We do interviews every day, often without thinking. Maybe that’s the problem – we make basic mistakes in interviews because we are not thinking strategically and tactically. Journalists too often think all we need is a lot of research and a few pointed queries. But the politicians, businesspeople and PR flacks are experts at jumping on the smallest opening we give them, the tiniest mistake in formulating a question. It’s not just about getting the facts out: it’s about how to dramatically rethink the way you approach interviews, how to master the basic rules of tough interviews, and then learn how to break them when needed. This session aims to radically change the way you prepare and approach your interviews, with plenty of examples of interviews from media around the world that worked well and some that failed miserably. Guest: Julian Sher #CAJInterview

10:15-11:15 a.m. Ambassador D—Going solo: 411 boot camp for the freelance journalist: Whether you’re new to the freelancing hustle or have been thinking about breaking out on your own, now’s your chance to get equipped with tips from successful freelancers in the field. From negotiating contracts to improving your productivity, learn about the legal basics and lifestyles of solo reporters with tips and tricks from a group of experts.  Guests: Kalli Anderson (Ryerson), Alison Motluk, Justin Ling, Sunny Dhillon. Moderator: Don Genova  #CAJFreelancers

This session is sponsored by Canadian Media Guild - Freelance

10:15-11:15 a.m. Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy.

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Ambassador A—The world is changing: Are our newsrooms? People of colour have always been here and for too long they’ve been absent from our newsrooms and their coverage. This session is about action. We’ll talk about past and present failures, successes and what you can do to promote inclusion and diversity in your newsroom. Guests: Sunny Dhillon, Camille Dundas, Adrian Harewood, Ramon Escobar. Moderator: Nadia Stewart  #CAJDiversity

The session has been organized in partnership with the Canadian Association of Black Journalists, the Aboriginal Workers of Colour Committee of M1 and the CAJ.

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Ambassador B—Don’t get doxed: Covering hate groups and protecting yourself online: The worst massacre in New Zealand’s modern history is shocking and tragic, but it did not occur in a vacuum. In a world where hate spreads as fast as you can tweet “learn to code,” journalists who cover extremist groups are particularly vulnerable to online attacks. Learn what it’s like to report on radical factions and fringe groups, and how to protect yourself from doxing, dogpiling, and trolls in the digital Wild West/mobocracy. Guests: Amira Elghawaby, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, Andray Domise Moderator: Erin Seatter  #CAJHateGroups

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Ambassador D—Journalists and self-care: A landmark ruling in Australia holds newsrooms responsible for the psychological injury that their employees suffer when reporting on trauma, but the majority of journalists the world over are left to deal with the stress on their own. In an industry where you’re expected to always be ‘on,’ despite precarious work situations and shrinking newsrooms, there’s little bandwidth left for yourself. In this session, panelists will discuss how they take care of themselves and how newsroom managers should take the lead when it comes to boosting mental health supports. Guests: Matthew Pearson, Curt Petrovich, H.G. Watson. Moderator: Angela Sterritt   #CAJSelfCare

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy. 


LUNCH BREAK 12:20-1:20 P.M.



Engage, Equip: Gone are the days when news outlets had a monopoly on distribution channels and could claim to passively provide neutral information to the masses. Journalism has an essential role in the process of democracy, so how do journalists take up the mantle and truly provide a service to democratic society? In this session, City Bureau cofounder Bettina Chang describes how the Chicago-based civic journalism lab molded traditional journalism practices to fit the modern realities of news and information: with a focus on equity, community-centered reporting and civic agency.  #CAJCityBureau

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador A—Taking care when covering Kids in Care: Natasha Reimer and Dylan Cohen have spent a lot of time thinking about how journalists cover Child Welfare, from the point of view of youth who’ve been through and aged out of the system. Helena Wood is a mom who worked to get her kids back out of the system. They are joined by former Ontario Child Advocate, whose position was cut by the Ontario government earlier this year. This panel will help journalists better understand the positive and negative impacts their work can have on the most vulnerable in the system. Guests: Natasha Reimer, Dylan Cohen, Helena Wood, Irwin Elman. Moderator: Lindsay Sample  #CAJChildWelfare

2:30-3:30 p.m Ambassador B—Cops, courts and more: In a province with some of the country’s highest homicide rates, reporting on crime and the courts poses unique challenges for Manitoban journalists. Guests: James Turner, Kelly Dehn, James Jewell, Caroline Barghout. Moderator: Ryan Thorpe  #CAJCrime

This session is sponsored by Red River College

2:30-3:30 p.m Ambassador C—The Art of Investigative Storytelling: You've done the tough investigation, the hard interviews, the tremendous digging. You’ve taken risks and want to make waves. But don't ruin it by publishing your research, by simply laying out your facts. You have to tell a story, not a scoop. Scoops are reported. Stories are told. This session looks at writing, character development, focus and story structure so that you can turn your investigation into a great tale that will grip readers and viewers. Guests: Julian Sher  #CAJInvestigates

2:30-3:30 p.m Ambassador D—Visual journalism show and tell: The good, the bad and the ugly of data visualization: Michael Pereira, interactive editor at the Globe and Mail, and Graeme Bruce, web editor/multimedia producer at the Winnipeg Free Press, will take you on an opinionated tour of what works and what doesn’t when presenting the numbers that matter. Guests: Graeme Bruce, Michael Pereira  #CAJShowTell

2:30-3:30 p.m Ambassador G—How audience thinking can help your newsroom: Audience roles have evolved from emerging trend to common fixture in many newsrooms over the past five years. But you don’t need to have ‘audience’ in your job title to better understand your online readers (and viewers, and listeners) and what makes them tick. This session will explore how to define your audiences, make sense of their behaviour, and know if your efforts to reach them are working — plus how this information can improve your newsroom and your journalism. Guests: Lindsey Wiebe #CAJAudience

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador ACommunities in Action: Lessons from beyond journalism: What lessons can journalists learn from the practice of social innovation and community engagement? In this session, hear from individuals who have called for and developed creative solutions to complex community issues, and how they created real change on the ground. Guests: Diane Roussin (Winnipeg Boldness), Chloe Chafe and Andrew Eastman (Synonym Art Consultation), Chief Redsky, Daryl Redsky, Cuyler Cotton, Michael Champagne. Moderator: Lenard Monkman  #CAJEngagement

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador B—Comforting the afflicted: Reporting from communities in the wake of tragedy: Whether it’s a violent shooting, a freak accident, or a civil war that shatters a community, reporting on tragic events takes its toll on both journalists and the public. How do you cope with the trauma? And how do you tell the stories of those impacted by tragedy in an appropriate and thoughtful way? This session brings together a panel of renowned reporters who share valuable practices on how to responsibly report on people and communities in the wake of harrowing events. Guests: Karen Pauls, Justin Ling, Colin Perkel, Curt Petrovich, Jayme Poisson. Moderator: Matthew Pearson  #CAJTragedy

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador C—Investigative techniques workshop: What are the basics of an investigative journalist’s toolkit? This intensive session will provide you with hands-on training in how to file FOI requests; learn how to siphon through copious amounts of data; understand how to parse complex financial documents; and other skills you need to take your investigations to the next level. Guests: Jacques Marcoux (CBC), Cecil Rosner (CBC), Sean Holman (Mt. Royal University)  #CAJInvestigates

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador D—So you want to build a media empire? Have you ever imagined one day owning your own newspaper, magazine, or digital news site? Is that vision just a dream or can it actually become a reality? News entrepreneurs share the dilemmas they’ve faced — be it financial, professional, or personal — in blazing their own paths. Guests: Lindsay Sample, San Grewal, Jesse Brown, George Abraham. Moderator: Camille Dundas #CAJEmpire

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador G—Unconference A: Trading War stories: Your ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’:  Remember that time when you got to an important interview and realized you forgot your notebook in the cab? Or you accidentally deleted (taped over) an interview? Journalism is a craft best learned through mistakes. In this open-ended talking circle, we’d love for you to share either your best — or worst — moments from the field, and reflect on what lessons you learned from that definitive moment. Facilitator: H.G. Watson #CAJBestWorst

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador A—The way forward: Representing the interests of CAJ members to the federal government: Over the last few years, various departments in the federal government have sought input from news organizations on how to ‘save journalism’. In advance of the 2019 federal budget, the CAJ asked you, our members, to inform our policy position. In this town hall-style meeting, members of our board of directors will explain what we did, why we did it, and take recommendations from members on potential next steps. Guests: Zane Schwartz, Brent Jolly, Nick Taylor-Vaisey  #CAJGovernment

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador B—Journalism and media law: Topics de jure: Having legal counsel can be a far-off dream when it comes to navigating tricky or litigious stories. On top of that, some journalists have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in the course of doing their jobs. Reporter Justin Brake won a civil court victory this Spring when the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal dismissed contempt charges related to his decision to embed with demonstrators in 2016. This landmark win will impact journalists covering protests or any situation where an injunction is issued, especially when Indigenous people are involved. However, it is not an open invitation for journalists to trespass. Lawyers involved in this case explain why this case is a game-changer for journalists and its limits.They also comment on hot topics facing journalists across Canada when it comes to media law. Guests: Nancy Rubin, Geoff Budden, Robert Tapper, Justin Brake. Moderator: Gabrielle Giroday  #CAJLaw

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador C—Old wine, new bottles? Social media storytelling: The popularization of social media platforms over the last decade plus have had a tremendous impact not only on audiences; they’ve also transformed how journalists do their jobs, too. What new forms of storytelling have emerged from the rise in native storytelling on social media? This session will discuss the importance of telling compelling stories in new ways via social media, lessons learned so far, and offer practical solutions for newsrooms. Guests: Tamara Baluja, Kathryn Gretsinger  #CAJStorytelling

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador D—Reporting on the GO (mobile):Want to be a walking, talking news production machine? Thanks to the exponential improvements in smartphone technology, knowing the ins and outs of mobile journalism is quickly becoming an essential skill for journalists. But how do you tell riveting stories while ‘on the go’? Come out to this hands-on workshop to get the DL on being a #MOJO Guests: David Thurton  #CAJMobile

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador D—CAJ Presents: Justice Resurging: A special advance screening of 2019 APTN/CAJ Investigative Fellow, Brittany Guyot's, ground-breaking upcoming feature Justice Resurging that will be aired nationally on APTN Investigates. Guests: Brittany Guyot.

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador G—Unconference B: Dragon’s Den ‘pitch’ session: Have you got an incredible story you need to tell? Or maybe you’ve got a great idea for the next big journalism innovation? Whatever it is, come prepared to pitch our panel of ‘Journalism Dragons’ for advice. You never know what might happen. Guests: Secret lineup of Dragons.  Hashtag: #CAJDragons

7:00 p.m. #CAJ19 conference social at King's Head Pubabout a 5 minute walk from the hotel at 120 King St, Winnipeg. Group will depart from the hotel lobby at 6:50 p.m. and walk over. Snacks on us!



8:00 a.m. Registration desk opens

9:00-10:00 a.m. Ambassador A—The Newest Media: The Journalism Behind the Jargon: New media. Multimedia. Transmedia. Journalist and academic, Paula Todd, discusses the dilemma of teaching the latest journalism when many of us can’t even agree upon what to call it, and who gets to do it. Guests: Paula Todd. #CAJNoJargon

9:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Ambassador B—Collaborative 101: Come together: the power of collaborative journalism: In theory, the idea of cross-newsroom collaboration sounds like a remarkable way to create impactful journalism, while leveraging strained resources. But in practice, could it just turn out to be a huge logistical headache? To help journalists from different newsrooms to navigate how to better collaborate, this session will be broken down into two parts.

Part 1: Collaborative journalism case study: How can multicultural and mainstream news organizations better collaborate? In this first session, reporters, editors, and publishers from multicultural and mainstream news organizations will discuss the issues that have historically impeded collaboration, and to chart a new course to better tell the stories of a multicultural Canada in the future.  Guests: San Grewal, Camille Dundas, George Abraham, Heather Bryant  #CAJCollaborate

Part 2: Workshop: Working out collaboration’s inevitable kinks: In the second portion of this session, Heather Bryant will walk delegates through Project Facet’s collaborative journalism workbook. This workshop will provide guidance on how to navigate the logistical problems that arise from cross-newsroom collaboration, and insights on the tools that journalists need to tell big news stories that have impact. Guests: Heather Bryant  #CAJComeTogether

9:00 -10:00 a.m. Ambassador C—How to find the right source and understand the agriculture cycle: When you’re on the agriculture beat, how do you sort through all of the corporate jargon to understand the issues and find the right people to talk to? Agriculture is a large and complex industry which can seem daunting to cover, but there are various producer organizations across the country that are willing to help. This panel will introduce you to these organizations and the farmers who are involved with them, while also introducing you to the private business side of agriculture and what myths those working in agriculture are trying to dispel. Guests: Jill Verwey, Toban Dyck, Trish Jordan. Moderator: Ashley Robinson  #CAJAgriculture

9:00 -10:00 a.m. Ambassador D—Data journalism; it's not always what you imagine: All day Saturday #CAJ19 will have presentations and hands-on sessions on data journalism. In this introductory session, Jacques Marcoux of CBC Winnipeg and Fred Vallance-Jones of the University of King's College will talk about how a typical data story goes from idea to publication and show why many data stories don't have much "data" in them.  Guests: Jacques Marcoux, Fred Vallance-Jones  #CAJData

9:00-10:00 a.m. Ambassador G —How to cover refugees and migrants: Legally sound and compassionate storytelling: In a political climate that is centred on the politics of migration, there is a renewed push from different factions to distort and misrepresent issues relating to migration. In an election year, in particular, misinformation risks causing consequential harm to individuals, families and entire communities. This makes the role of journalists particularly important. How do you cover stories about migrants in a manner that is factual, compassionate and centres lived experience? This workshop will offer an overview of basic principles underpinning migration law to separate fact from fiction, and facilitate a conversation about reporting responsibly on migrants and refugeesGuests: Shauna Labman  #CAJRefugees

This session is sponsored by: Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 

10:05-11:05 a.m. Ambassador A—‘Decolonizing Journalism’: Indigenous journalists and academics are building a body of work, in theory and practice, around the concept of “Indigenous journalism.” How does incorporating this concept into our mainstream thinking about journalism act as an epistemological challenge to traditional western notions of objectivity and other fundamental journalistic values and principles? Similarly, if we choose to ignore these questions, how do we ensure that our reporting on Indigenous peoples, communities and nations is not hurting the people whose stories we are trying to tell. Guests: Angela Sterritt, Rick Harp, Dan David, Rob Smith. Moderator: Tim Fontaine  #CAJDecolonize

10:05 - 11:05 a.m. Ambassador C—Light stalking: Sometimes it's subtle. Sometimes it's not. Photojournalism is a balance between telling a story efficiently, and creating art. Frozen indelibly on an electronic sensor, photojournalism elevates the everyday, captures decisive moments, emotions, and events that are recorded into history. Whether you have proper photography training, or not, this session will teach you how to capture that single frame that tells a memorable story. Guests: Leah Hennel, Colin Perkel, Mike Deal, Shannon VanRaes  #CAJPhotoJ

10:05 - 11:05 a.m. Ambassador D—DATA 2: Google Sheets 101: You don't have to go out and buy a lot of fancy software to start working with data. Google Sheets, part of Google Drive, is not only free, but it's become a powerful program for organizing, analyzing and understanding data. In this hands-on session Jacques Marcoux of CBC Winnipeg will walk you through some of the most useful tools in Sheets.  You'll need a laptop with a browser and we'll use the hotel wi-fi. Guests: Jacques Marcoux  #CAJData

10:05 - 11:05 a.m. Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy. 


COFFEE BREAK 11:05-11:20 A.M.

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Ambassador A—Smashing glass ceilings for sources: Studies continue to show that women, and visible minorities, are significantly under-represented as sources in news stories. As newsrooms strive to represent the audiences they serve, and unearth stories from underserved communities, journalists must also consider rethinking the long-held industry canons. This session poses the question of: ‘how do we, as an industry, begin to rethink the idea of ‘who is an expert?’’ and what does that mean for the journalism of the future. Guests: Shari Graydon, Diane Roussin, Amira Elghawaby, Asmaa Malik. Moderator: Karyn Pugliese #CAJExperts

11:20 a.m.- 12:20 p.m. Ambassador B—How are we doing when the kids aren’t OK? Best practices in reporting on young people’s mental health troubles: This panel brings together a student mental health activist, a psychologist, an official provincial  advocate, a workplace consultant and a senior journalist to probe what we’re doing right and what we may be getting wrong when we cover stories about mental illness and distress among the country’s teens and young adults. The discussion begins a process to inform a prospective new chapter in the journalist-to-journalist guide Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health, and its French equivalent, En-TêteGuests: Loizza Aquino, Mary Ann Baynton, Dr. Joanna Henderson, Ainsley Krone, Karen Pauls. Moderator: André Picard.  #CAJMentalHealth

Presented by The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Ambassador C—Sound Reporting: From thought-provoking podcasts to radio docs bursting with flair, audio storytelling is experiencing a renaissance. The foundations of brilliant audio storytelling, however, have long been a craft under constant refinement. Whether it is laying a beautiful bed of sound, or capturing an intimate interview, good audio can inspire audiences to listen actively. This workshop will help you develop a blueprint for planning an audio storytelling project, and how to improve the quality of your mixes. Guests: Kathryn Gretsinger.  #CAJAudio

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Ambassador D—DATA 3: Tableau visualizations: Seeing is believing, and sometimes it's the best way to spot the trends and patterns that can lead to great data-driven stories. Tableau is a platform used by many journalists and news organizations to produce stunning visualizations. Jason Salares of Tableau Software will show you how you can do it too, using Tableau online. You'll need a laptop with a browser and we'll use the hotel wi-fi. Guests: David McKie, Jason Salares  #CAJData

Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy.


LUNCH BREAK 12:20 - 1:20 



1:20-2:25 Ambassador A—#NotFake: The erosion of Press Freedom and what can we do about it! Acosta is recognized worldwide as the journalist who had his press pass suspended and was temporarily barred from the White House grounds in November 2018. His keynote will discuss the impact of this incident, as a backdrop to the changing tides of press freedom around the globe.  Guest: Jim Acosta  #CAJkeynote

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador A—Media Rights: Access Denied: John Hueston and Jeremy Cohn were wrongfully arrested by the police when they arrived on the scene of a traffic accident. Laurie Hamelin was banned from the Unist'ot'en camp because she ‘dared’ to speak to a leader who took a different view from the chiefs in the camp. Moderator Kathleen Martens was detained 27 kilometers while RCMP moved in the Unist'ot'en camp as RCMP were given broad powers to ensure public safety, but used it to keep media away. Find out how news agencies and individual reporters are pushing back when access is denied. Guests: Jeremy Cohn, John Hueston, Laurie Hamelin, Bob Sokalski. Moderator: Kathleen Martens  #CAJMediaRights

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador B—Reporting on addictions, public health: Research has shown that the rates of substance abuse across the country have become alarming. In Manitoba, the adult use of crystal meth has increased by more than 100 per cent over the last five years. Many other communities across the country are being crippled by a cresting opioid epidemic. When reporting on these issues, words matter. Whether it’s writing about addictions, mental health issues, or other public health problems, journalists are confronted with a challenge: how to strike a balance between delivering accurate information while not stigmatizing the people who are at the heart of the story. Guests: André Picard, Sheri Fandrey, Erin Brohman, Michael Champagne. Moderator: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski #CAJHealth

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador C—The New New Journalism for Journalists: How can the techniques of literary journalism and narrative non-fiction be used in a daily news environment? Guests: Jana Pruden #CAJNarrative

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador D—DATA 4: Going deeper with Tableau visualizations: Jason Salares of Tableau Software will take you deeper into the capabilities of Tableau. The session is open to anyone, including those who did not come to the first Tableau session. You'll need a laptop with a browser and we'll use the hotel wi-fi. Guests: Jason Salares  #CAJData

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy. 

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador A—Pulling back the curtain on journalism’s podcast revolution: The explosion of podcasts as a journalistic platform has, without question, had a democratizing effect on audio publishing. But what exactly is the so-called ‘secret sauce’ that makes one podcast stand out from the rest? And what can the growth of podcasting teach us about the future of journalism, particularly as it relates to better engaging with (new) listeners? Guests: Jayme Poisson, Rick Harp, Jesse Brown, Ryan McMahon, Moderator: H.G. Watson #CAJPodcast 

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador B—Mediated with the NNC: Ethical dilemmas are the stuff of great literature — and of everyday journalism. The NewsMedia Council helps when mistakes and errors blemish your copy, but equally important are the ethical questions you tackle every day to prevent those problems.Role-playing games may be involved. Guests: Pat Perkel, Brent Jolly#CAJEthics

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador C—Telling stories on Instagram: News organizations, in Canada and around the world, are making the shift away from using social media as a distribution tool (throw a link up and hope people click on it) to actively treating social media as its own unique channel for which you need to create native content. As many young people can’t seem to tear their eyes away from their Instagram feeds, this session will examine best practices on how to use the platform to tell meaningful stories. Guests: Tamara Baluja, Marc Dinsdale, Camille Dundas  #CAJSocial

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador D—DATA 5: Getting data out of PDF prison: They are great for documents, terrible for data, but way too often you'll be sent "data" in a pdf file. Sure, you could fight, file an FOI or give up. By why do any of that if you can free the data in a few minutes. Globe and Mail data journalist Michael Pereira will show you the best tools to do just that. You'll need a laptop with a browser and we'll use the hotel wi-fi. Guests: Michael Pereira  #CAJData

3:35-4:35 p.m. Ambassador G—CAJ19 Coaching Academy. 

4:40-5:40 p.m.  Ambassador B—Finding an oasis: Is the journalism school a possible solution for news deserts? Research from across the globe has chronicled the multitude of challenges local news organizations face in an ever-evolving media landscape. An ongoing cycle of closures, mergers, and changing business models has precipitated a spread of ever-expanding ‘news deserts’ in several Canadian communities. One area that has not been adequately discussed, however, is how journalism schools can play a role in nurturing healthy information ecosystems. Beyond training future journalists, can the work done by journalism students in j-school help to satiate communities starving for local news? Guests: Janice Tibbetts, Sean Holman, Tim Currie. Moderator: Brent Jolly  #CAJSchools

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador C—Wanted: Your journalism skills for jobs outside the newsroom: As the struggle to land a good job in journalism becomes increasingly difficult, perhaps you’ve thought about taking your talent beyond the traditional confines of the newsroom. Learn what opportunities are out there for people with the skills to tell a story and the drive to change the world — without selling your soul to do it. Guests: Rosemary Quipp, Victoria Ptashnick, Emily Cain  #CAJSkills

This session is sponsored by: Aga Khan Foundation

4:40-5:40 p.m. Ambassador D—DATA 6 Bringing it all together: some of the best data journalism stories of the past year —You've learned some tools, picked up a few tricks, and ready to try some data reporting. Be inspired, by some of the best work of the past year, including the finalists in the CAJ's data journalism category, the global investigation into faulty medical devices and others. Guests: Valérie Ouellet, David McKie.  #CAJData

ONGOING: CAJ19 Coaching Academy (Friday & Saturday)

Finding Your VoiceHave you ever wondered what it would be like to have an award-winning writer, video journalism expert, or top-tier hiring manager to review your work? As part of CAJ’s new Coaching Academy, #CAJ19 conference delegates will be able to sign up for a free, 20 minute, one-on-one coaching sessions with several industry leaders. In order to participate in this year’s Academy, please email [email protected], or sign up in person at the conference registration desk.

This year’s coaches are:

  • Jana Pruden, featurewriter with the Globe and Mail (Saturday only)

  • Charles Haga, writing instructor at the University of North Dakota (Friday and Saturday)

  • Ramon Escobar, VP, talent recruitment and development; VP diversity and inclusion with CNN Worldwide (Friday and Saturday)  

  • Paula Todd, investigative journalist, lawyer, and full-time faculty member at Seneca College’s School of Media.

  • Doug Grant, a Canadian Screen and Gemini Award winning television and radio producer, documentary filmmaker, and journalism professor at Seneca College at York University

This opportunity is open exclusively to conference delegates. Please bring samples of your work.



6:30-10:00 p.m. — Banquet and Awards Gala: Join us as we recognize the finalists and recipients of the 2018 CAJ Awards. Tim Fontaine will host this year’s CAJ Awards. Fontaine is the founder, head writer and Editor-in-Grand-Chief of the satirical website Walking Eagle News. Before flying over to the side of satire, he worked for decades in "real" journalism with APTN, CBC Indigenous, CPAC and others. He will help us toast (and roast!) some of the best work in Canadian journalism. The deadline to purchase gala tickets is Friday April 26 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

See the list of Awards finalists here.  #CAJawards


8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 2019 Annual General Meeting— All active CAJ members in good standing are welcome to participate in the association’s annual general meeting, either in person or by written proxy. Proxy forms and copies of the agenda can be picked up at the conference registration desk before the meeting. 

10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Canadian Museum for Human Rights—In Conversation with David Milgaard: It's been 50 years since David Milgaard was wrongfully accused of non-capital murder in Saskatoon when he was 16 years old. He was convicted and spent nearly 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Thanks in part to tireless advocacy from his mother Joyce and to sustained pressure from the media, Milgaard was released from prison on April 14, 1992. 

To cap off the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) 2019 national conference in Winnipeg, Milgaard will discuss his story and how journalists kept his case in the public eye, uncovering new details and eventually helping him walk free. RESERVE YOUR SEAT. 

**This meeting is open to the general public**

He will be joined in conversation by Cecil Rosner and Carl Karp, two of the journalists who followed his case closely and wrote the 1991 book, When Justice Fails: The David Milgaard Story. Their panel discussion will be moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Jana Pruden. Guests: David Milgaard, Cecil Rosner, Carl Karp, David Asper. 


Where: Main floor of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (85 Israel Asper Way, near The Forks)

When: Sunday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Admission: Free and open to the general public. Museum gallery entry and tours cost extra for non-CAJ delegates. Prices are available online here:

For sponsorship or other inquiries, please contact Brent Jolly, 2019 conference chair at: [email protected] or 289-387-3179

For media inquiries, please contact CAJ Manitoba director Jessica Botelho-Urbanski at: [email protected]

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